Let me say that every moment with the group has been "magical" so far. The original cookout was a grand opportunity to meet everyone and begin to recognize faces. Wonderful faces, by the way. The zoo is always a pleasure for me. I have an annual membership and I take my grandson (Cameron) there frequently. He loves to brush the goats too, and to ride the boat in Australia. But seeing the zoo through your eyes made it even better than usual. And the party at Li Minru's house this evening was another splendid chance to connect to everyone in yet another different way. The final group photo should be a treasure for all of us.
Of course we have a long way to go. I'm sure there will be some problems and disappointments somewhere along the way, but I can see already that this group will be able to handle any difficulties with skill. In the meantime I am looking forward to each day. I hope you are too.